Oahu on a Budget: How to Save BIG With a Go City Pass

December 6, 2021

The heavenly scent of Hawaiian hibiscus and saltwater permeates the air as you head back to your luxury lodgings after a full day of beach hopping and exploring this island paradise.

Ready to visit Oahu but need to stick to a budget?

World-class surfing, jaw-dropping natural beauty, amazing aquatic life, and rich cultural heritage are just a few of the reasons visitors from all over the globe flock to Oahu.

The third largest of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu, is known as ‘The Gathering Place,’ and it’s not hard to see why. 

From cruising along on a catamaran to hanging ten at the North Shore to touring the historic USS Arizona Memorial, there is so much to see, do, and experience on Oahu.

Make your Hawaii travel fantasies a reality with the Oahu Go City Pass. Because this stellar travel companion lets you capitalize on the endless activities and attractions offered in the Aloha state.


Follow along to learn all there is to know about the Oahu Go City Pass.

Oahu Hotels

Between snorkeling the crystal clear blue waters of Hanauma Bay and stuffing yourself silly with Poke and Mai Tais, chances are you’ll want to spend more than just a night in Oahu.

Say ‘aloha’ to island life, and spend a week (or more) in this pristine utopia. So if you are craving a stay at the famous Waikiki beach, or more modern and minimalist lodgings in downtown Honolulu, we have a wide range of Oahu Hotels and Resorts to choose from.

Book your exotic beach reprieve with peace of mind, knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates.

Go Oahu Multi-Attraction Pass

Been there, done that! If you’re the type of traveler who has a ‘to-do’ list a mile long, the Go Oahu® All-Inclusive Pass is for you.

Embrace your go-getter spirit with the Pass that allows you unparalleled savings and travel flexibility. 

Available in 1 Day, 2 Day, 3 Day, 5 Day, and 7 Day options, your Oahu Go City Pass grants you admission to over 30 attractions for your selected amount of days. 

Choose from a wide array of exciting activities and attraction options, such as a Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour or a Dolphin encounter at Sea Life Park.

Other Important Go Oahu All-Inclusive Pass Facts

  • Your Oahu Go City Pass offers you discounts of up to 55% off retail rates
  • Your Oahu Go City Pass is valid 14 days after first use
  • Enjoy the flexibility of choosing attractions as you go
  • Visit hard, and visit often - Visit as many attractions as you want in a day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • All 3, 5, or 7-day passes include admission to your choice of one premium attraction
  • Say goodbye to misplacing paper tickets - just use the Oahu Go City Pass App for attraction entry

The App

Using your Oahu Go City Pass via the Go City® App is as easy as getting lei-d! 

Simply:

  • Download the App to your mobile device (Apple | Google Play)
  • Use your order confirmation number to add your pass to your phone
  • Double-check if any of your desired attractions need a reservation and book!
  • Show your pass at each attraction for seamless entry.

Can’t Miss Attractions

Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission**

Kick off your Oahu escapade with a luscious Moana Splash Luau! Prepare your tastebuds for a tantalizing feast of local specialties such as Huli Huli Chicken, Kalua Pork, traditional poi sampler, and fluffy Hawaiian sweet rolls. 

During your visit, enjoy your delicious buffet-style dinner against the stunning backdrop of the ocean and steep sea cliff walls.

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Your night of authentic Polynesian culture, crafts, and entertainment includes:

  • A handmade shell lei greeting upon arrival
  • Moana Splash seating
  • Demonstrations of lei making, Polynesian tattoos (temporary), hula lessons, coconut  headband weaving, and ukulele lessons
  • Two standard drink tickets
  • Free admission into Sea Life Park!
Four children snorkeling with an instructor who is petting a manta ray in the water in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Sea Life Park via Facebook

Sea Life Park Hawaii 

Splish, splash! Are you ready to come face to fin with dolphins, sharks, and more? Sea Life Park is Hawaii’s top maritime adventure park and provides oodles of underwater fun for children and adults of all ages.

During your visit, educational exhibits, shows, and interactive programs abound at this premier conservation facility. During your visit, try (carefully) touching sea stars, urchins, and even baby honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) at the Discovery Reef Touch Pool or feeding those barking, flip-flopping California Sea Lions.

Other incredible aquarium highlights and experiences include:

  • The Shark Cave - try spotting these apex predators of the ocean in this 300,000-gallon aquarium which holds native sandbar sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and a blacktip reef shark.
  • Seabird Sanctuary - take a gander at the injured birds that Sea Life Park has lovingly nursed back to health, including the local Iwa bird.
  • Penguin and Seabird Talk Story - watch these dapper birds swim, waddle 
  • Take in a showing at the open-air theater and watch the Dolphin Lagoon Show

Fun Fact: Is the Sea Life Park giving you a major case of deja vu? Romantic Comedy fans may recognize this location from many scenes in the movie 50 First Dates.

Six grey dolphins leaping in the air over bright blue water wit their trainer standing in the background on the right in at Sea Life Park in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Sea Life Park via Facebook

Dolphin Encounter**

Flipper called, and he’s waiting for you in Oahu! Make magical maritime memories when you book a Dolphin Encounter at Sea Life Park. 

This incredible 45-minute experience puts you right in the water with these friendly cetaceans. Led by an expert animal trainer, you’ll watch the dolphins swim, ‘hula’ dance, and even cozy up for a kiss!

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These intelligent, high-energy animals have so much to teach us, so listen up as your trainer guides you through their anatomy and details their fascinating training regimen.

Post dolphin encounter, be sure to check out the rest of Sea Life Park, as general admission is included in your Dolphin Encounter ticket.

Pro Tip: Your entire dolphin experience takes place on a waist-deep platform, making this a great activity for younger tykes who may not be able to venture into deeper waters.

Aerial view of the beach at Halona Blowhole in the day time with crisp blue water in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Halona Blowhole via Facebook

Full-Day Tour: Hidden Gems, Turtles, and Snorkeling**

Ready for a picture-perfect Oahu road trip you’ll never forget? Buckle up for a jam-packed day of outdoor adventure, featuring snorkeling, postcard-worthy vistas, and local delicacies with the Hidden Gems, Turtles, and Snorkeling full-day tour.

Put yourself in the presence of aviation history when you stand on the Amelia Earhart Lookout Point. This is the exact spot where excited bystanders watched her make her infamous first solo journey from Hawaii to North America. 

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Afterward, cool off from the hot Hawaiin sun when the group pauses for a 90-minute snorkeling session at a special beach teeming with Hawaii’s famous green sea turtles. 

Finally, get up and close with these beloved sea creatures before you dry off and head to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. You’ll end your day with everyone’s favorite sweet treat - Dole Whip!

Additional highlights of the Hidden Gems, Turtles, and Snorkeling Tour are as follows:

  • Viewing the explosive Halona Blowhole
  • Savoring social media-worthy views at Makapu'u Point
  • Sampling tasty Hawaiian Coffee, Macadamia Nut, and coffee snacks at a local shop
  • Guided tour through a native taro farm at the base of the Koʻolau Mountain Range
  • Stops at the Mokolii and Kualoa Valley Mountain Range, aka where they filmed Jurassic Park!
  • Opportunity to purchase loads of Tropical fruit or sip on ice-cold coconuts from a local fruit stand
  • Soak in the ambiance at the serene North Shore Sunset Beach

Private Group Surf Lesson**

Surfs up! Whether you’ve managed to perfect your pop-up, or have never even paddled before, your Private Group Surf Lesson by Sea & Board Sports Hawaii will have you hanging ten in no time.

Hawaii’s North Shore is synonymous with surfing, and there’s no better place to don your rash guard and catch some waves. 

Your one-hour group surf lesson is designed for surfers of all levels and will cover the basics of surfing, including how to read the waves, surfing etiquette, and timing. After your primer on surf technique and safety, you’ll hit the water, ready to show off your surf stance and catch your very own wave!

Pro Tip: Surf with confidence, as your soft top longboard rental is the ideal surfboard for any surfing novice.

Polynesian man climbing a large palm tree to get yellow fruit in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Polynesian Cultural Center via Facebook

Polynesian Cultural Center

Swaying palm trees and leis aside, Hawaii has a rich cultural history that deserves to be acknowledged. Immerse yourself in Polynesia’s beauty, tradition, and customs with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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Wander through 42 acres of lush tropical paradise as you investigate six authentically recreated island villages and witness traditional customs and demonstrations such as a hair-raising war dance, lei making, and playing drums. 

In addition, be sure to taste the sweet delights of these island nations as you sample the nutty Tahitian coconut bread, or 'poi,' the staple Hawaiian food made out of taro.

Pro Tip: Bye-bye Uber! Ancient Polynesians traveled via canoe, so don’t sleep on the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant, Hawaii’s only water-borne show. 

This immersive sea-worthy spectacle details how Polynesians traveled and even features a fully functional 57-foot double-hulled canoe in the Hawaiian Village’s exhibit.

A white sail boat with white and blue sails and people on it on the water at sunset in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Makani Catamaran via Facebook

Makani Catamaran Sail

Looking to manifest that luxury life for yourself? Look no further, and start with an epic voyage with Makani Catamaran Sail. 

This stunning, luxury catamaran (worth a cool 1.8 million dollars) will take you on a two-hour journey of Oahu’s stunning shoreline. 

During your sail, choose to sunbathe on the deck or relax inside as your stately vessel cruises through the crashing waves of the Pacific. In addition, keep a lookout for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, and even humpback whales, all of whom are commonly spotted on this tour.

Pro Tip: Feeling a bit peckish, or want to commemorate this amazing ocean expedition with a cocktail? Your luxury catamaran houses a fully stocked bar, so you can purchase drinks or snacks as you wish.

View looking down on Pearl Harbor during the day and there appears to be some oil in the water in Oahu Hawaii

Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour

Pay your respects to the day that will live on in infamy, December 7th, 1941, on this comprehensive Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour.

Cruise along with memories of Hawaii’s historical past. During your five-hour luxury minibus ride you will tour:

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Glean invaluable context and historical background on the Pearl Harbor attack. Take in the scenes as you watch a 23-minute movie documentary at the National Park Service’s theater. 

Then embark on an expertly narrated ride aboard a US Navy boat shuttle. The shuttle will take you to see the USS Arizona Memorial that rests above the sunken battleship USS Arizona.

Other noteworthy tour highlights and stops include:

  • Scenic drive through Historic Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown
  • Photo ops at the King Kamehameha Statue
  • Enchanting views of Iolani Palace and Kawaiaha`o Church
  • Visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater
  • and much more!

Morning Yoga Under the Palms

Yearning for some inner peace in paradise? Get up and namaste with the rising sun when you participate in Morning Yoga Under the Palms.

Gently moving your body through an invigorating one-hour vinyasa flow is the perfect way to start your day in Hawaii. 

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Choose from two distinct yoga experiences:

  1. partaking in your practice by gazing over the ocean in Waikiki
  2. on a rooftop deck in Kailua overlooking the rugged Ko'olau Mountains

Pro Tip: We recommend wearing athletic clothing, and if you pick the Waikiki ocean experience, a swimsuit, so you can take a dip in the ocean after class!

A sandy trail through some palm trees with a mountain in the background at sunset with clouds in the sky in Oahu, Hawaii

photo credit: Jessica Wong via Unsplash

Guided Hike on the North Shore

Hawaii is known for its exceptional trails, hiking, and verdant beauty. Immerse yourself in the natural diversity and awe-inspiring views of the North Shore with your choice of a guided hike.

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Go City provides both beginner and intermediate hiking options. Therefore, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels can participate in the serene vistas, exhilarating climbs, and exotic wildlife of an Oahu trail hike. 

Details on the North Shore Oahu Hike:

  • Beginner Level:  hike the more laidback Mokuleia Trail as you soak in native trees, fruits, plants, and relaxing ocean views. A three-mile-long hike that lasts approximately two hours
  • Intermediate Level:  ideal for more avid hikers. This hike features astonishing mountain and ocean views and is three miles total. While you're there, listen up for the dulcet tones of native Hawaiian birds which frequent this area.

Full-Day Snorkel Rental

Calling all inner mermaids and mermen! Spend a day swimming with the fishes when you embark on a full day of Snorkeling and underwater amusement in Waikiki.

The sparkling waters, and pristine beaches of Waikiki sprawl on for two miles. So you’ll have plenty of territory to scout once you pull on your mask, snorkel, and fins.

Meanwhile, splash and swim along carefully. It's possible you might just spot vibrant schools of yellow tangs, millet seed butterflyfish, and saddle wrasse. Also, you might even see some manta rays or even spinner dolphins!

Take breaks at your leisure as your snorkel rental lasts from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ready to Visit Oahu While on a Budget?

From the adrenaline-pumping thrill of catching your very first wave to getting a wet kiss from your favorite flippered friend, there’s no such thing as an ordinary day in Oahu.

Everything from chowing down on sweet local pineapple to witnessing the soothing sounds of the Ukulele just feels a bit more special set against the magnificent backdrop of Hawaii.

A veritable Eden of unspoiled natural beauty, it’s easy to see why over 4.5 million visitors congregate to the ‘gathering place’ each year.

Conquer every outdoor adventure, marine escapade, and cultural experience on your ‘Aloha bucket list’ when you select the Go Oahu® All-Inclusive Pass

**denotes premium level attraction

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